The 22,080grt Bahamian flagged Marco Polo cruise ship with her handsome traditional profile, beautiful teak decks and distinctive dark blue hull is a classic ocean liner. She can accommodate up to 800 guests within a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly intimate cruise experience. The ms Marco Polo is fully stabilised and air conditioned and has eight passenger decks serviced by three main lobbies and four lifts.
The Marco Polo cruise ship offers a wide range of facilities including the impressive Waldorf Restaurant offering a traditional two sitting fixed time dining option and, as an alternative more informal experience, the stylish Marco’s Bistro.
There are five main lounge areas.
- The Magellan Deck offers the theatre style Marco Polo Lounge
- The elegant Captain’s Club, a perfect venue for pre-dinner cocktails.
- The relaxing Palm Garden, with wonderful panoramic ocean views.
- The stylish Columbus Lounge where the head barman will soon get to know your favourite drink.
- Completing the quintet is Scott’s Bar, located on Amundsen Deck, an ideal spot for night owls.
Other amenities on board the ms Marco Polo include the well stocked Livingston Library, the Nansen Card Room, an Internet Café, a shopping arcade and photo gallery, the beautifully appointed Jade Wellness Centre, which offers hairdressing & beauty treatments, fitness and exercise equipment, and sauna and massage facilities.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, three whirlpools and a medical centre.
There is a good selection of comfortable cabin accommodation ranging from standard to de luxe with 70% of cabins on board the Marco Polo cruise ship having an ocean view. Category options are priced generally according to position, size and facilities.
For the Shipspotters
The graceful, traditionally-styled 50-year-old m/s Marco Polo is the most appropriate vessel for our cruise. She is a vintage passenger liner with classic lines, launched in 1964 (and completed in 1965) which spent much of her early life calling at the Port of Tilbury, from where she currently cruises.
Built for the Soviet Union’s state-owned merchant fleet at the Wismar, East Germany (DDR) yard of VEB Mathias-Thesen Werft as the Aleksandr Pushkin, she was the second of five ships in the Ivan Franko class (also known as the Poet Class). Her original specifications were
with a length of 176.28m (578.35 ft)
Beam of 23.55m (77.26 ft) and
8.20m (26.90 ft) Draught.
She was powered by 2 x Sulzer-Cegielski 7RND76 engines producing 15,447 kW driving through two shafts to fixed pitch propellers giving a service Speed of 20.5 knots (38.0 km/h; 23.6 mph).
The original capacity was up to approximately 1000 passengers, with a crew of 220.
Following several rebuilds, the current specs of Marco Polo are 22,080gt, service speed of 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph)
Current capacity: 820 passengers and 356 crew.
She nows flies the Bahamas flag and uses the call sign C6J27.
Shipspotters should keep an eye on our Itinerary section which will be updated as the programme develops. We will be posting the times we pass locations of the offshore pirate stations in the Thames Estuary and farther out to sea, including those off the Dutch coast. We will also post approximate timings for the boarding of pilots on the voyage and provide notes on sites of maritime interest such as the new Thames Gateway container port, London Array Windfarm, the massive port complex of Antwerp (where we might spot the world’s largest container ships), the lock at Ijmuiden and the various dockside facilities on the way in to Amsterdam. Here the ship will berth at the Cruise Terminal adjacent to the Central Railway station in the heart of the city.